Knowledge for Change (K4C)
Knowledge for Change (K4C), will train next generation of mentors and leaders in Community Based Research (CBR) to a global standard developed by UNESCO Chair on CBR around the world, especially in global south and excluded north.
The critical challenges facing humanity today require new understandings and solutions. Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require new insights and connections locally and globally. New understandings and innovative solutions have been shown to be catalyzed through co-construction of knowledge carried out in respectful partnerships with local communities. UNESCO Chair has developed global standards of curriculum and pedagogy for training next generation of researchers in CBR. Recent studies have demonstrated a growing demand for learning CBR methodology amongst practitioners and students alike, especially in hitherto excluded contexts in global south.
Canadian contribution to the development of CBR spans four decades of innovation beginning with practice of participatory research by Budd Hall in 1970s. International Network of Participatory Research was founded in 1978 by International Council for Adult Education in Toronto, under the leadershipof Rajesh Tandon. Hall and Tandon were appointed as UNESCO Co-chair on CBR in 2012 which produced global assessments of practice of Community-University Research Partnerships and analysed gaps in rigorous training of next generation of researchers equipped with ethical, normative, conceptual, professional and experiential repertoire critical to effective practice of CBR.
This initiative aims to build on this analysis to train next generation of mentors and students in rigorous and ethical CBR. UNESCO Chair produced curriculum and pedagogy of global standards in training in CBR will be used to train certified mentors and students worldwide. The Training Consortium, based at Sassari, Durham, South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Canada will deliver this training over the next 4-5 years. Each Hub will be a community-university partnership and mentors and students will comprise of practitioners and undergraduate/graduate students. Modular training approach will combine face-to-face, online and field practicum in local settings. Each Hub will be provided technical and professional support to adapt this global curriculum and pedagogy to their specific country/region context to develop courses in which students will enroll for learning CBR.
Mentors and students will contribute to development of local language learning materials and case studies through their field practicums. The field research projects undertaken in partnership with local communities (as a part of the learning CBR course) will produce impacts in producing innovative solutions to problems of poverty, exclusion, gender-based violence, climate change, etc (as relevant to local contexts). Mentors and students will undertake analytical reflections on learning pedagogy and socio-economic impacts of their field research, which will be synthesized and disseminated widely. Training strategy has built in components of knowledge mobilization. Additional and focused efforts at knowledge mobilization would include participation in conferences, targeted policy dialogues, and sharing of locally produced compendium of teaching/ learning materials in open source. UNESCO Chair website will carry data base of certified mentors, trained students and catalogue of learning materials for ongoing access by new partners.
The training consortium will gradually expand to include new Hubs and partners. Delivery of training during the project period is so designed that it becomes financially viable in the long run and institutional ownership creates a multiplier effect within those Hubs and beyond in the country/region. Existing partners have co-produced this training strategy keeping this in mind. Monitoring progress of training, performance of Hubs and impacts on addressing problems in communities around the world will generate insights and recommendations for use by the Consortium and others. Support to policy development at institutional and government levels for integrating CBR in post-secondary education system will be provided strategically through partners, Hubs and Global Advisory Council.
A flyer of the K4C project is available here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/K4C_flyer-Final.pdf
- Signing of MoU between PRIA International Academy & University of Victoria, Canada marking the creation of K4C Global Consortium on CBR
The Knowledge for Change (K4C) global consortium was officially created at an exclusive session on June 22, 2017 at the Talloires Network Leaders Conference 2017, in Veracruz, Mexico. The session, titled ‘Knowledge for Change & Social Responsibility of Higher Education’ was jointly hosted by University of Victoria, Canada, and UNESCO Chair. President Jamie Cassels from University of Victoria, chaired the session, while Dr Tandon facilitated the proceedings and deliberations. President Cassels & Dr Tandon also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking the creation of the consortium.
- K4C India Launch
The UNESCO Chair’s Knowledge for Change (K4C) initiative witnessed a grand launch on November 13, 2017 at the National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi. The launch event, which was hosted in collaboration with NUEPA, witnessed over fifty participants joining the event, which included colleagues from the United Kingdom (UK), civil society practitioners, faculty and students. Joining the discussion were also colleagues from Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and Uganda. Meaningful and insightful discussions ensued at the event, which focused on the relevance of training in community based research, especially in light of the UN SDGs.
Read more here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/index.php/category/india-event/
- K4C Canada Launch
The UNESCO Chair’s forthcoming initiative, Knowledge for Change (K4C) for building capacities of community based researchers (launched in India on November 13, 2017), witnessed a grand Canadian launch in Ottawa on December 14, 2017. The launch event was hosted by the Canadian Commission of UNESCO and the University of Victoria. The event witnessed a gathering of Chair’s partners and colleagues and stimulating conversations on the relevance of community based research. Among the attendees were Dr Budd Hall & Dr Rajesh Tandon (UNESCO Co-Chairs); Dr Sebastian Goupil, Secretary General of the Canadian Commission of UNESCO and other colleagues from the commission, Dr Joanna Ochocka, Vice-Chair, CBRC Canada, Dr Martin Taylor, Executive Director, Canadian Research Data Centre Network, Dr Crystal Tremblay, Research Director, UNESCO Chair and Walter Lepore, Project Director, UNESCO Chair among others.
Read more here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/index.php/category/canada-event/
- Mentor Training Program’s Face to Face Residency under K4C, kicks off in New Delhi
The second phase of the Mentor Training Program (MTP) under Knowledge for Change (K4C): the face to face residency, kicked off in PRIA, New Delhi on March 11, 2018. The residency brings together 19 mentors from 6 different countries/CBPR training hubs (Italy, Colombia, Cuba, South Africa, Indonesia and India), for a two-week rigorous training program for building capacities in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The two-week residency is split between one week at PRIA & the second week of the program will be hosted at one of the Indian hub members, the O P Jindal Global University.
Read more here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/index.php/2018/03/16/mentor-training-programs-face-to-face-residency-under-k4c-kicks-off-in-new-delhi/
- Report of the Face to Face Residency of the Mentor Training Program, March 2018
The first face to face residency under the January 2018 cohort of the Mentor Training Program under Knowledge for Change (K4C), was conducted between March 11 and March 23 at PRIA, New Delhi and O P Jindal Global University, Sonepat. Mentors from seven countries came together for a two-week intensive training and learning on Community Based Participator Research. The residency was facilitated by UNESCO Co-Chairs,Dr Budd Hall and Dr Rajesh Tandon. Guest lecturers included Dr Darlene Clover from University of Victoria and Dr Paulo Wangoola from MPAMBO Multiversity, Uganda.
The full report on the residency is available here:http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/resource/F2F_REPORT.pdf
- Recruitments begin for 2nd Mentor Training Program under Knowledge for Change (K4C): August 2018 cohort
The UNESCO Chair team has started the recruitment process for the second Mentor Training Program, which will run from the first week of August 2018 to the third week of December 2018. After successful running of the January 2018 cohort, much interest is seen from universities across the world to create CBPR hubs at their respective locations through the K4C program. There is interest coming in from new locations in India, Malaysia, Catalan, Gulu and Canada among others. The team will very soon announce the official registration dates and process for getting on board the August 2018 MTP cohort.